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Video has reshaped the ways we share knowledge, and the decision to sell videos online can be a great way to turn your passions into a paycheck. It’s easier than ever to share your expertise. Regardless of your skill set, it’s likely that someone out there would love to learn from you- all it takes is the right platform, messaging, and some great content.

7 Reasons to Sell Video Tutorials Online

1. Sharing video content is easier than ever

Whether it’s building a following on social media, then directing them to a store; or releasing a free eBook with paid accompanying videos; there are a ton of ways to monetize video content. This form is popular because it attaches visuals to the learning process. It’s easy to follow along with steps as you see them.

Selz offers a seriously simple way to host your videos with no bandwidth or storage limits. Free teasers and short tutorials are a great way to get your content out there- more on that in a minute.

2. People are looking to learn

The rise of the internet has resulted in an explosion of online learning options. From university courses to Youtube tutorials, the internet provides access to information with zero barriers to entry. For inspiration, check out some existing resources and see what you like and dislike. This article is loaded with cheap and free online business courses to get you going.

In a world full of free information, how do you stand out and convert potential customers? Upselling. By building tiers into your product, you can engage casually interested consumers and convert them into paying fans of your brand. Free content shows off your style and grows your audience. Your cheapest paid option can build on the same content and include helpful extra tools. The next tier offers all of the above, plus access to exclusive resources.

It’s up to you to decide how many levels you want to create, how to set the costs, and what kind of content you want to offer for free.

3. There are lots of options

Handy with tools and able to explain how to do home maintenance? Genius in the kitchen? The demand is there! Online music teaching, language learning, and learning resources for a software like Photoshop are popular ways to dig into new skills.

You might be surprised to find that skills you think of as commonplace are highly valued in the market. Remember that you yourself are part of the product. Your style, presentation, and personality are all selling point. Even if you are not a PhD in the field you are exploring; if you can make interesting, engaging content, you can sell videos online.

4. There are a ton of tools to get you started

Free software for editing video is fairly common, though you may want to invest in a professional option like Final Cut. Most smartphones these days double as solid cameras. You may want to purchase a tripod. Audio is the big question here, so do some test takes and see how they come out.

Keep in mind that in paying for a video, consumers generally expect a degree of professionalism. Spend time learning video and editing basics (there are tons of resources online), or consider working with a freelancer.

This is an image within a blog post about how to sell videos online featured on Founder U. Founder U is dedicated to providing helpful ecommerce tips such as choosing the right eCommerce platform, selling online, selling videos online and more. This image is of a computer that says work hard anywhere. This is to represent the ability to work wherever you want when you sell videos online.
You can use Selz for on-demand video streaming as well as selling digital downloads.
Customers can go from viewing a preview to paying to view the full MP4 video, or downloading it to watch later without ever leaving your site.

5. Minimal front end costs with high profit margins

Think of it this way: no shipping costs or inventory means that you can get going with extremely low overheads. As a beginning entrepreneur, this is great news. Risk is incredibly low in this field. If at some point you find you don’t have the time or energy to continue working on your business, you won’t be stuck with a garage full of product.

6. Helps develop a brand that you can expand over time

Selling videos online opens up a huge range of options to grow your business and expand into new areas. There are tons of options for collaborations and partnerships in this realm, which extends your reach and allows for exciting creative opportunities.

Outside of video, you can publish eBooks and guides, put together worksheets, offer one-on-one coaching, and so much more. Alternately, you can continue to grow your video base and refine your style. Or all of the above.

There’s an amazing flexibility to eCommerce, and your store can develop and change along with your interests and skill set.

7. Flexibility

Imagine working from anywhere and selling to anyone, regardless of national borders. Once you’ve finished the front-end work, you’re essentially earning passive income. Now you just need to focus on marketing the product.

Once you’ve got your store running, a lot of the labor can be streamlined. Automations via Zapier allow you to connect a huge range of applications to your store; so email marketing, list-building, data tracking and more are centralized and manageable. While it’s totally possible to run just about any online business while maintaining a day job, the decision to sell videos online is particularly doable.

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These are just a few reasons to sell videos online, but the possibilities are endless. Start today! Pick a subject area that interests you (or even a few!) and start outlining the basic points you would want to cover in a video series. This could be affordable vegan recipes, with each video focused around a different dish. It could be woodworking instructions. Makeup tutorials.

See if you can build a natural flow of information so that each video expands and deepens your audience’s understanding of the topic. Watch videos from other content creators and study their technique. Check out this helpful post on online business courses for inspiration. Connect with friends, family, and followers to get a sense of what they would want to learn within your subject area. Do some test takes and get comfortable in front of the camera.

It won’t be easy, but we promise it will be rewarding. Best of luck, and have fun!

 

About the author

Bryce Patterson

Bryce Patterson

Bryce is a social media specialist and content marketer at Selz. Outside of giving businesses and non-profits a more human, relatable voice; Bryce has written a novel, worked on a comic book, and played in a handful of bands. He lives in Colorado.

12 comments

  1. seamless secure review

    Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your
    articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and all.
    Nevertheless just imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this blog could undeniably be one of the most beneficial in its
    niche. Terrific blog!

    1. Geoff

      It’s good to hear you’re getting value from our blog and think the content is excellent. We try to make each post as useful as we can, so it’s awesome to have that feedback. You’re suggestion about using more video clips is something that we definitely plan on doing on future posts where we can :)

  2. mo

    nice article :)

    can i use Selz.com with woocommerce?

    i want to allow my customers to pay by using Selz.com interface instead of redirecting them to paypal and other websites

    1. Geoff

      Hi Mo, thanks for the question. You’re not able to interface Selz with Woocommerce at the moment. However, we are working on a fully customizable store which we hope to release soon. So hopefully you would be able to use Selz for your store and the checkout.

  3. Robb

    Hi Geoff, this is a really good article. I do have a Selz account, but I wanted to ask a quick question about the checkout. Is Selz intuitive, in that when people find my product from another country, that they see the cost in the currency of the country that they live in?

    The reason I ask is because I have abandoned carts before too. Sometimes because I don’t feel comfortable paying in another currency that I have no idea what it is in my own currency.

    Thanks,

    R

    1. Geoff

      Hi Robb, I’m glad you liked the article. At the moment you choose the currency you wish to sell in, like Dollars or Pounds etc, and that is the currency your customers purchases in. The checkout doesn’t have the feature to automatically convert your selling price into different currencies. It is quite a complicated feature, but it is something that we plan to build in the future. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. Jose

    Does Selz offer some security for the digital content we sell? To prevent easy unauthorized downloads?

  5. Andy

    Can I use recurring payments – charged on a monthly basis?

    1. Selz

      Martin

      Hi Andy, Thanks for your question. Right now, we don’t process recurring payments. Though we’re about 1-week away from a Zapier integration which may let you use several of the specialist recurring payments providers. Direct processing recurring payments through Selz is in our feature pipeline and we’re planning on releasing it early in the New Year.

  6. Joseph

    Just wondering if there is a way to organize video tutorials? IE Economics > Chapter 1 > Vid 1, Vid 2, Vid 3

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